Draft Agenda

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Moderator: Emil Jassim, Programme Director, Center for Educational Initiatives

8.30 – 9.00 Coffee and Registration 

9.00 – 9.10 Official Opening
How to make education in Bulgaria competitive and what does the State do about it
Ivan Krastev, Deputy Minister of Education and Science

9.10 – 9.30 
How can education in Bulgaria become competitive on a European scale and what is the role of the State and the business in it?
Alberto Rodriguez, Education Sector Manager, Europe and Central Asia, The World Bank: 

09.30 – 09.45 
What Did the Ranking System for Bulgarian Universities Show 
Georgi Stoytchev, Executive Director, Open Society Institute

09.45 – 10.40
Success Stories: The School and the University of the Future
Ruskov, Director "Academic Programs", Junior Achievement Bulgaria: Students - entrepreneurs: why economic education in high schools is so important 
Alexander Alexandrov, Vice President for Finance and Administration, American University in Bulgaria (AUBG): What makes AUBG one of the most successful universities in Bulgaria
Prof. Nikolay Denkov, Head of the Chemical Engineering Department, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski: Business and scholars can work together.The Chemical Engineering Department of SU shows how
Tsvetan Tsvetanski, Chairman of the Executive Board, Center for Educational Initiatives: New culture of learning and pedagogy of Web 2.0

10.40 – 11.00 Discussion and Q&A: How can education in Bulgaria enter the 21st century

11.00 – 11.45 Networking Coffee Break

11.45 – 12.40
Success stories: Business Meets Education
Bela Stankova, Learning and Development Director, Telerik: The responsibility of the business towards the young generation - Children and School Academies of Telerik
Stamen Kochkov, Vice-president, SAP Labs Bulgaria, Member of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Association of Software Companies: What does the IT industry expect from future staff members?
Stoyan Valchev, Service Desk Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic IT: How does it work and what are the benefits of the joint master programme of Coca-Cola and the Technical University in Sofia
Prof. Reinhard H. Schmidt, Member of Scientific Committee in UniCredit&Universities and House of Finance Endowed Chair of Finance and Accounting at Goethe University in Frankfurt: How to change the university in order to prepare good professionals?

12.40 – 13.00 Discussion and Q&A: Where is the Role of Business in Education

13.00 – 13.30 Success Stories: Career and/ vs. Education
Milena Hristova, Executive Director, Centre for Management and Vocational Training: What skills do graduates lack and when are companies willing to invest in additional qualifications
Buryan Aleksiev, CEO, Biottery - start-up funded by the Eleven Accelerator Venture Fund: How to make a successful career without traditional education 
Vanya Nikova, Cloud Solutions Consultant, CloudSigma, Member of Tuk-Tam: Education abroad, career in Bulgaria

13.30 Closing Remarks and Discussion